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Magazine Spring 2007 

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 



> A Salute to the 

reatest -Gener atiDn 

Dr. Randall J. Webb, i965, i966 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

Since Northwestem's founding, its students, faculty, staff 
and alumni have had a strong sense of community. That com- 
mitment has taken many forms, from involvement in local 
churches, charities and civic organizations to public service, which includes serving in 
the military. 

In this issue, you will read the stories of three members of a group that has been 
called The Greatest Generation. These people left their lives, homes and families to 
save the world during World War II. The people of Northwestern have always been will- 
ing to serve their country in the armed forces and today NSU students and alumni are 
on duty in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world. 

Northwestern has always had a strong devotion to its past and has worked to pre- 
serve buildings which are meaningful to our alumni. A new project has started to restore 
the Varnado Hall ballroom to its past glory. The completion of this project will not only 
add to the luster of Varnado Hall, but will provide a gathering place for campus and com- 
munity events. I hope you will consider supporting this worthwhile effort. 

By the time you receive this issue, NSU will have been visited by a team from the 
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) 
as part of the university's reaffirmation of accreditation. The team will examine all facets 
of the university to determine if NSU meets the guidelines of the association. 

The university has been working on reaffirmation for several years and the process 
has been beneficial. We have identified areas which are strong as well as those which 
we can improve. 

I know you share my goal of making Northwestern an even better place and I thank 
you for your continued support of your alma mater. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, i985, 1991 

Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni: 

The opening of our Alumni Plaza last fall opened a well of 
memories for many alumni and friends who visited the new 
courtyard. I saw many friends of Northwestern proudly point out 
their personalized engraved bricks and tiles. This project was planned so that the 
opportunity to be a part of the Plaza will continue for many years and will be available 
to future alumni. 

I cannot say enough about the importance alumni play in promoting Northwestern 
to prospective students and in encouraging and supporting current students. Involve- 
ment opportunities exist in all disciplines and areas of interest. Former Spirit of North- 
western band members, take note of an upcoming fund drive for new uniforms. Check 
with the department head of your former academic discipline to see if a service oppor- 
tunity exists there. And, as always, your presence at recruiting receptions and other 
gatherings is invaluable. 

One aspect of getting involved is staying in touch. Please take a moment to go on- 
line to and click on "Update our Files." You can also sub- 
scribe to our Alumni e-news, which will send you monthly updates of happenings on 
campus. A form for updates is also available on Page 16 of this publication and can be 
dropped in the mail. 

We appreciate your hard work and efforts in passing the torch to the next genera- 
tion of Northwestern alumni. Please visit campus often and let me know if I can be of 
assistance to you. Thank you for representing our alma mater in the most positive light 
in your community and thank you for your continued support of Northwestern. 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Alexandria, 1993 

Vice President Jerry Brungart 

Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Secretary-Treasurer Joseph B. Stamcy 

Natchitoches, 198.^ 

Executive Director Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, I99I 


Dane Broussard Houston, Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia. 1969 

Leonard Lndris Shreveport. 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas, 1989 

Patrricia Wiggins Hrapmann . . . Destrehan. 197.1. 1978 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981 , 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville. 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long .Tyler, Texas, 1970 

Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton, 1992 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport, 1995 

Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches, 1983 

Glenn Talben Shreveport, 1964 

Ricky Walnislcy Covington, 1985 

J. Michael Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Alexandria, 1993 

Dr. Leonard A. Williaijis New Orleans, 1993 


Shantel Wempren Thibodaux 

SGA President 

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Doug Ireland, 1986 


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Beth McPherson Mann, 1975 

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COVER: Tandy E. Jackson (seated) and A.L. Wilson remembered their experiences during World War II, as well as 
ttieir student days at Notlhiwestern, for ttiis issue. Jackson, age 90, resides in Coustiatta. Wilson, age 84, is an 
Alexandria resident. 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the 
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association o( 
Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, 
Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to 
award Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, Specialist and 
Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of 
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, 
religion, sex. national origin, age, or disability in its educa- 
tional programs, activities or employment practices. 

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World War II veterans 

share memories of days of service and sacrifice 

Those among the Greatest 
Generation, our fathers and grand- 
fathers - and mothers and grand- 
mothers — who served during World 
War II, both in the military and in volun- 
teer capacities, are rapidly vanishing 
from the American landscape. Most grew 
up during the Depression and, when the 
war was over, turned their attention to 
rearing young families. Many took 
advantage of the GI Bill and earned col- 
lege degrees that would otherwise have 
been out of their reach. 

The Navy was a dominant presence 
at Northwestern during wartime when the 
U.S. Navy Academic Refresher Unit was 
established on campus to provide review 
courses in math, physics, English and his- 
tory as Navy students made the transition 
from their status as enlisted men to that of 
Navy pilots. 

Northwestern is proud to count many 
veterans among its alumni. Their stories 
of teamwork, courage and optimism 
serve as an inspiration to following gen- 

AJL. Wilson, who attended Normal 
from 1940-42, witnessed the raising of 
the two flags at Iwo Jima and spent 36 
days on the island. A native of Boyce, 
Wilson was living on campus in Caspari 
when he returned one Sunday afternoon 
from a weekend at home and someone 
called out to him. "They bombed Pearl 
Harbor." Four months later, at age 17. he 

"When I was in the Marine Corp. 
after camp, I joined a regiment of para- 
troopers. They sent us to the South 
Pacific but we couldn't jump in the jun- 
gles. We were assigned as assault troops 
and made raids on islands in the Solomon 
group," he said. As a platoon sergeant 
with the 3rd Battalion, 28th Regiment, 
5th Marine Division in charge of demoli- 
tion. Wilson led a platoon that handled 
flamethrowers, bazookas and other 

"When we hit the beach for Iwo 
Jima, the object was to take Mount 
Suribachi, the highest point on the island. 
It took three or four days to take 

Suribachi. Iwo Jima was the toughest. In 
the south Pacific, we had disease. We did- 
n't have food and water. And the island 
itself.... But we survived if we were 
tough." he said. "I was hit twice, once by 
a piece of artillery shell and a rifle bullet 
grazed me. Most of my buddies were 
killed." Wilson was one of 12 men of the 
56 in the platoon to survive. 

Wilson and his division had trained 
in Hawaii to get them accustomed to the 
terrain, but on Iwo Jima. the volcanic 
island itself was hostile. He recalled dig- 
ging foxholes that were too hot to sleep in 
and the horrors of flushing the enemy out 
of caves with flamethrowers. 

Wilson married his wife, the former 
Katherine Koon. on a 30-day furlough in 
February 1944. almost 
exactly one year before the 
Iwo Jima flag raising. i 

Katherine earned a degree 
in home economics at 
Normal and found a job 

Before he enlisted 
Wilson was a physical 
education major at Normal 
brought in by Coach Harry 
"Rags" Turpin on a partial 
track/partial football schol- 
arship.Walter Ledet was 
his first coach. He men- 
tioned Arnold Kilpatrick 
and Rene Bienvenu as for- 
mer teammates and he 
remains good friends with 
Tom Paul and Maxine 
Southerland. Back then, 
he recalled, there were 
only 1 .500 students on 
campus and one security 
guard that the students 
called "Uncle Jack." 

"It was a teacher col- 
lege, so there were four 
girls to every boy," Wilson 
remembered. "We had a 
dance band and you knew 
everybody on campus." 

After the war. Wilson 
returned home and he and 
Katherine started a fami- 
ly. He eventually went to 

work at the V.A. Hospital in Pineville. 
where he worked for 33 years, and fin- 
ished his degree at Louisiana College. 
The couple raised two children, a son, 
who is deceased, and a daughter who 
resides in Lafayette. They have three 
grandchildren. Wilson was also a football 
referee and is the only surviving charter 
member of the Football Officials 

"I have talked about it more in the 
last year." said Wilson, now age 84. 
"Most people don't realize what we went 
through. Thirty-six days is a long time to 
go without a bath, or a shave or a change 
of clothes." 

On being part of what is called the 
Greatest Generation Wilson said. "It 

Mr and Mrs. A.L. Wilson (nee Katherine Koon) on their wed- 
ding day, Feb. 27, 1945 

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makes me feel good. We 
always wanted to give a little 
bit more for our children and 
most of us did. The greatest 
thing about coming out of the 
War was the G.l. Bill for us to 
go back to school." 

"We, as a generation, first 
went through the Depression. 
My mother died when I was 8 
and my brother was four and 
we were raised by our grand- 
parents. We learned to deal 
with the Depression. 
Everybody was in the same 
boat. When the war came 
along, we handled that, too." 
he said. 

Myra Gulledge, who 

worked for many years as 
director of the Baptist Student 
Union at Northwestern, 
joined the Army and was a 
medical technician at 
Kennedy Hospital in 
Memphis for 15 months. 
She served from 1944-46. 

Gulledge attended col- 
lege for two years at 
Mississippi College, where 
she completed several 
chemistry classes. Her 
mother was a nurse and she 
considered a career in the 
medical field before she 
enlisted at age 20. 

"My mother died when I 
was 15 and my father did not 
want me to join, because he 
was a World War I veteran and 
didn't believe women should 
be in the service. I took it 
upon myself to do it," she 
said. "I had always been patri- 
otic and dated a young man 
who was lost in the Marshalls 
and I never heard what hap- 
pened." The young man, a 
bombadier. was listed as 
Missing in Action. 

After enlisting, Gulledge 
completed six weeks of boot 
camp at Fort Oglethorpe in 
Georgia and recalled an exer- 
cise in which she had to wear 
a gas mask and crawl on her 

stomach through a tent, a 
reminder of her father's expe- 
rience being gassed in World 
War I. She then went to Camp 
Atterbury in Indiana to train 
as a medical technical. Army 
nurses were in high demand 
and there were many young 
women willing to enlist, she 

"We worked night and 
day, practically," she said. 
"Sometimes we studied 12-14 
hours day." Trained as a med 
tech. her area of specialty was 
in hemoglobin and blood 
work. At that time. Kennedy 
was the largest Army hospital 
in the United States with as 
many as 7.000 patients, many 
of them soldiers wounded in 
the Pacific and Europe. 
Gulledge pulled long shifts, 
drawing blood and performing 

"Some days, we took 50 
or 60 pints of blood. We were 
desperate for blood." she said. 
The hospital also had the 
largest paraplegic unit in the 
country and the work was 
emotionally draining. "Some 
of the soldiers were very beat 
up and I never wanted to do 
any of that type of work again. 
I didn't stay in that field 
because it was so painful for 

Gulledge was discharged 
July 5, 1946, finished her 
degree at Mississippi College 
and went on to seminary at 
Southwest Baptist Theological 
Seminary in Fort Worth. She 
was BSU director for over 37 
years, retiring in 1988. She 
became part of campus life 
and took a home economics 
family life class under Marie 
Shaw Dunn. During that time, 
she worked with many foreign 
students, hosting about 20 of 
them in her home during their 
college years. She still hears 
from most of them. 

"I had always wanted to 
be a missionary to China," she 
said. "I came to NSU and 
realized I didn't have to go to 
China to minister to foreign 
students. I never did get to go 
to China, except as a tourist." 

Her military experience 
was a positive one. 

"The Army experience 
gave me stability and I felt 
like I was able to do things at 
20 that I could not have done," 
she said. "It taught me 
responsibility and discipline 
that I needed." 

Tandy Jackson re- 
ceived a draft notice in the lat- 
ter part of 1941 and went into 
the service in 1942. He was 
one of thousands of soldiers 
who landed on the beaches at 
Normandy following the ini- 
tial wave of invading D-Day 
troops and earned a Bronze 
Star, a Silver Star and a Purple 
Heart during service in 

A native of Coushatta, 
Jackson was an all-conference 
basketball player and team 
captain at Normal. After grad- 
uation in 1940, he went to 
work for General Motors and 
married the former Kathleen 
Brown in 1941. 

"I was drafted in the 
Infantry and had basic at Fort 
Polk. When I got through 

with Basic, I was assigned to 
the 82nd Airborne Division." 
He later attended officer train- 
ing school, got a commission 
and was sent first to Texas, 
then to Fort Dix, N J., with the 
80th Division, where he 
trained and was sent directly 
overseas to combat, leaving 
his wife and 3-month-old son. 
Crossing the Atlantic on the 
Queen Mary took six days. 

After being given sup- 
plies in Manchester, "they 
took us out on a ship and let us 
down on rope ladders to a 
Higgins boat, a mile or so 
from the beach," he remem- 
bered. This was about 20 days 
after the initial storming of the 
beach at Normandy by the 
first wave of troops. 

"After a lot of confusion, 
I got my company back 
together. I was commander of 
H Company of the 80th 
Division, 2nd Battalion, a 
weapons company, operating 
heavy machine guns and mor- 
tars J' he said. "We went 
maybe 12-15 miles inland in 
the hedgerow country where 
we met our first engagement. 
The 1st Battalion was mowed 
down like sticks of woods. 
After we lost the men in the 
1st, they brought up the tanks 
and we marched behind the 
tanks, so by the time we got 
there, there was no firing 
on us at all. The Germans 
were retreating. We didn't 
encounter another engage- 
ment until we got to the 
Moselle River in France, 
where we got our first taste of 

The Germans had the 
high ground at the Moselle 
and launched a midnight 
counter attack. Jackson's 
troops retreated back across 
the river where he and two 
platoons of his company were 
ordered to take Mousson Hill. 

"We held that hill two 
days and two nights till they 

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brought up reinforcements. 
That's where they gave me the 
Bronze Star," he said. 
Jackson earned a Silver Star in 
Germany following an inci- 
dent in which he encountered 
some women at a house in a 
village and tried to ask if there 
were any men there. 
Suddenly, a cellar door flew 
open and a group of German 
soldiers came out with their 
hands up. 

"I marched them down 
the road and handed them 
over to the MPs and I got a 
Silver Star for that," he said. 

Some of the memories are 
painful, remembering the 
comrades that were lost in 
combat, but there were bright 
coincidences, such as running 
into his friend and Normal 
basketball teammate Charles 
F. "Red" Thomas in Belgium. 
Thomas returned home from 
the war to a long career as a 
coach, professor and adminis- 

trator at Northwestern. 

"I was on the front line 
for a solid year. When I came 
home, the war was just about 
over," Jackson said. "We had 
taken Berlin and were going 
to Czechoslovakia to make 
contact with the Russians 
when I got my orders to come 

After the war, he came 
back to Louisiana, had three 
more children, and worked as 
an insurance adjustor for sev- 
eral years in Alexandria 
before returning to Coushatta 
to coach for 12 years. He was 
later director of the Social 
Security Disability Insurance 
office before retirement. 

Jackson recalls his years 
at Normal as the most fun he 
had. He attended Normal on a 
scholarship arranged by 
Coach Lee Prather and was 
inducted into the N Club in 
1983 for accomplishments in 
track and basketball. 

Margaret Marcello (2003) and Amy 
Clabough Glasscock (2003) are both 
graduates of Northwestern State 
University and the NSU ROTC program. 
They were commissioned as Second 
Lieutenants together in May 2003 and 
ended up in the same unit in Hawaii, 
where they were promoted together to 
the rank of Captain in July 2006. 

Clabough is an Ordnance officer and 
Marcello is a Transportation officer. 
Clabough did her first tour at Red Stone 
Arsenal, AL, while Marcello was at 
Camp Humphreys, Korea. Marcello 
arrived in Hawaii in January 2005, fol- 
lowed by Clabough in April 2005. The 
two ended up in the same unit, 524th 
Combat Sustainment Support Battalion 
(CSSB) and are stationed at Schofield 
Barracks, Hawaii. They are currently 
serving a year tour at Q-West, Iraq, and 
should be home this summer. 

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Renovation of Varnado ballroom underway 

The grand ballroom of Varnado Hall, 
once the setting for afternoon teas, recep- 
tions and other formal events, is in the 
early stages of a restoration project that 
will encourage the room's use by stu- 
dents, alumni, faculty and campus organ- 

"At one time, it was the grandest 
place. It was just beautiful/' 

-Moxine Soiillwrhind (1942. 1957) 

Southerland is a project volunteer 
who has been involved with redecorating 
Varnado twice before. "It will take a lot 
of effort to bring it back. Our hope is that 
it will be used for a variety of university 

In recent months, the room was 
repainted in fresh neutrals and frayed car- 
pet was removed to reveal a parquet floor. 
The original massive chandeliers have 
been cleaned and new pieces of furniture 
and rugs have been added, but more fur- 
nishings, draperies, lamps, greenery, a 
clock and decorative accents are needed. 

Volunteers hope that the space, 
which could accommodate up to 1 50 peo- 
ple, will be utilized for a variety of din- 
ners, faculty and alumni receptions, 
meetings and student social events. 
They are seeking donations of furnish- 
ings, appointments or monetary gifts to 
help with the project. 

"We have the Natchitoches Room in 
Russell Hall, but that does not have the 
atmosphere of this room," said Dr. 
Patricia Pierson, head of the Department 
of Family and Consumer Sciences. 
Pierson said the setting would be ideal to 
showcase the culminating projects creat- 
ed by students in the culinary arts pro- 
gram in which presentation is key. 
Southerland envisioned Symphony 

Varnado Ballroom 1940 

Society receptions and alumni luncheons 
taking place in the room. 

"It became obvious to me that some- 
thing needed to be done after one of our 
50-year reunions," said Robert Crew, 
executive assistant to the university pres- 
ident. "Some of our alumni were having 
dinner on the lawn and asked to see the 
ballroom and they nearly came away in 

Varnado opened in 1940 as the New 
Women's Dormitory and was later named 
in honor of Dean Edwards Varnado, dean 
of women, whose picture Southerland 
plans to hang in the ballroom. 

"We used the ballroom for receptions 

and large group meetings. In order to 
teach us the social graces, we had teas on 
Sunday afternoons and we would have to 
come dressed up, in our gloves, and act 
like ladies," Southerland remembered. 

The volunteers hope that revitalizing 
the room will encourage student groups 
to use and appreciate it as well. 

"Mrs. Brenda Webb and I plan to 
carefully select furnishings and acces- 
sories that will not only bring elegance 
back to the room, but also be functional 
for today's students and their activities," 
said Janay Matt, assistant director of 
Alumni Affairs. Matt and Webb have 
already chosen two new couches and a 
rug that were placed in front of the ball- 
room fireplace, comfortable furnishings 
for the TV room and tables and chairs for 
the foyer. A grand piano would be a wel- 
come addition, Southerland said. 

Anyone interested in contributing the 
restoration of the ballroom in Varnado 
should contact Director of Alumni and 
Development Dr. Chris Maggio or Janay 
Matt at (318) 357-4414. 

COE seeking nominations for Distinguished Educators 

Northwestem's College of 
Education Alumni Advisory Board is 
seeking nominations for its Hall of 
Distinguished Educators for 2008. The 
inductees will participate in NSU 
homecoming activities in the fall. 

If you know of an outstanding 

College of Education alumnus who has 
had a distinguished career in education, 
please send the nominee's resume or 
other documentation outlining the rea- 
son for the nomination to Jimmy Berry, 
Chair, Alumni Advisory Board, 454 
Whiteoak Lane, Natchitoches, LA 

71457 or email to jandmberry@sudden- Additional information is 
available from Berry at 3 1 8-357-8546 
or Dr. Brenda Hanson in the College of 
Education at (318) 357-5518 or dai- The deadline to sub- 
mit 2008 nominations is July 15. 

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New Foundation Board Members 

Scott Andrews of Baton Rouge and Richard Zulick of Dallas are 
the newest members of the Northwestern State University 
Foundation Board. 

Andrews earned a degree in political 
science at NSU in 1992 and is a graduate 
of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at 
Louisiana State University. A native of 
Jonesboro. he is an attorney with Due", 
Price, Guidry, Piedrahita and Andrews in 
Baton Rouge. 

As an undergraduate at Northwestern, 
Andrews was president of the Student 
Government Association, a student member on the Alumni Board 
of Directors, member and officer of Kappa Alpha Order, and a 
member of Blue Key National Honor Fraternity. At LSU, he was 
a member of the Louisiana Law Review, the Order of the Coif, 
the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the LSU Law Center 
Hall of Fame. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and 

Andrews currently serves on the executive committee of 
Wex Malone American Inn of Court and the Small Law Firm 
Customer Advisory Board for Thom.son West Publications. He 
serves as a House delegate to the Louisiana State Bar 
Association and is on the La. State Bar Association legislative 
committee. He previously served on the NSU Alumni Board and 
is a member of the President's Council. Andrews is married to 
Charlotte Clifford Andrews and they have two children. 

"I look forward to continuing my service to Northwestern 
and taking a more active role through Foundation board mem- 
bership with the hope of increasing funding for the university 
and attracting high quality recruits," he said. 

A native of Natchitoches, Zulick 
earned a degree in business/finance at 
Northwestern in 1993, where he was a 
member of Young Republicans and held 
several offices in Kappa Alpha Order. He 
was an instructor for several NSU base- 
ball camps under former Coach Jim 

Zulick is senior vice president in the 
Investment Management Division of Lehman Brothers, a glob- 
al investment bank, where he advises on and manages invest- 
ment portfolios for domestic and foreign corporations, founda- 
tions and individuals. He is married the former Denise Hyatt 
and has two daughters, Avery Katherine, 3, and infant Lauren 

"1 would like to apply my experience and resources in 
investment advisory and management to the Foundation and 
help it grow in terms of assets and professional management," 
Zulick said. "Also, I would like to use my participation on the 
board as a learning experience relative to how the Foundation 
serves the university, students, and faculty, to help better serve 
and fund needed projects, scholarships and professorships. It is 
clear that the priorities for the Foundation are to fund scholar- 
ships but to also supplement funding needed for upgrades to 
facilities and student/faculty services." 

New Alumni Board Members 

Dr. Lisa Landr\' Mathews of Benton and Patricia Wiggins 
Hrapmann of Destrehan are the newest members of the 
Northwestern State University Alumni Board of Directors. 

Hrapmann earned an undergrad- 
uate degree in English education 
with a minor in Spanish at 
Northwestern in 1973 and received 
an M.Ed. -Reading Specialist in 
1978. She teaches academically 

■ '^^^m' ^ gifted students at Destrehan and 
■^0^^^-' .^H Hahnville high schools. She achieved 
National Board Certification in 2000 
and is a National Board mentor. She was named Teacher of 
the Year at Evergreen Jr. High and Landry Middle School. 
She was inducted into the NSU College of Education Hall 
of Distinguished Educators in 2002. 

As an undergraduate, Hrapmann was a member of 
Sigma Sigma Sigma and publicity chairman for the 
Association of Women Students. For the Monroe native, 
attending NSU was a family tradition. 

"My brother Randy Wiggins and I are third generation 
Northwestern graduates. Our grandparents, Claude and 
Daisy Dupree, both graduated, our parents, Lou Dupree 
and Parker Wiggins, were both graduates and then Randy 
and his wife Ginger and my husband Kenny and I are both 
graduates. Northwestern has been a critical part of our lives 
influencing our interests and successes," she said. 

"1 would like to encourage more alumni to get 
involved with the university," Hrapmann said. "There are 
many opportunities for alumni to show their support. Also, 
1 have a unique opportunity through my contacts with stu- 
dents to encourage them to consider attending 

A native of Bossier City, 
Mathews graduated from the 
Louisiana Scholars" College in 1992, 
earning a bachelor of science in sci- 
entific inquiry. As an undergraduate, 
she was a member of the Spirit of 
Northwestern marching band, the 
concert/symphonic band and Purple 
Jackets. She was named to Who's 
Who in American Colleges and Universities and was 
involved with several honor and pre-professional organiza- 
tions devoted to biology chemistry and foreign languages. 
Mathews graduated from the Louisiana State 
University School of Dentistry in 1996 and has been prac- 
ticing in the Shreveport-Bossier area since graduation. For 
the last 6 years, she has operated a solo practice focusing 
on restorative, cosmetic and implant-based dentistry. 

■'I hope to increase alumni awareness of current and 
future events, programs and scholarships and motivate 
alumni to give something back — whether financially, 
time-wise, gift-wise or through participation — to the uni- 
versity that helped make them what they are today," 
Mathews said. 

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Campus News 

Centenarian recalls college days at Normal 

Mittie Oden Bryan of Shreveport cel- 
ebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 2. A 
graduate of Louisiana Norman in 1925, 
Bryan was in the last class to receive a two- 
year teaching certificate. A weekend of 
festivities was planned around Bryan's 

Bom in Panola County, Texas, in 
1907. Bryan graduated form Greenwood 
High School in 1923. She was one of seven 
children and grew up near Bethany, a com- 
munity on the Texas-Louisiana state line. 
She was the first person in her family to 
attend college. 

"1 had always planned on going to col- 
lege. 1 had friends who had gone to 
Normal, Ruby Lee Weeks and Nettie Lou 
Oden, and it was nearest my home," she 
said. "My sister and some friends carried 
me to Natchitoches in a 1922 Ford. 1 
thought it was a long way from home and 1 
was very lonesome when they left me at an 
upstairs apartment of one of the professor's 
homes, Mr. W.W Tison." Because the dor- 
mitories were full, Bryan lived in the apart- 
ment for one semester with three other 
girls, Sara Berry, Florence Robinson and 
Lavelle Kendrick. Some of her other 

NSU friends attending the 100th birthday cele- 
bration for IVIittie Virginia Oden Bryan (1925) 
were, from left, Alida Bishop Casey (1950), Vir- 
ginia Ann Metcalf (1953), Bryan, Bob Lee (1968) 
and Carol Richmond Lee, who attended NSU 
from 1967-68. 

friends and classmates were Elmyra 
Landry. Pamela Brand, Winifred Quarles, 
Dora Bell Norris, Doris Ratcliff, Nona 
Reynolds and Flora Thornton. 

At Normal, Bryan was a member and 
editor of the Eclectic Literary Society and 
played basketball for the group. She was a 
member of the YWCA and Seekers After 
Knowledge. Some of her teachers were 
Thelma Zelinka Kyser (physical education), 
Hope Haupt (art), Ralph Ropp (English), 
John Kyser (geography), C.B. Boland (pen- 
manship) and Katherine Price (music). 

Campus life was very different at that 
time with rules on visiting and dating 

strictly enforced. 

"You could meet a boyfriend inside 
the auditorium and you could sit together, 
but you couldn't walk to or from the dormi- 
tories together... and you certainly could 
not go off campus with a boyfriend." 

"1 did enjoy my days at Normal and 1 
felt that when 1 graduated I was well pre- 
pared to teach school," she said. "I loved 
teaching and my days at Normal gave me a 
great start." 

Bryan's first job was at Webb 
Elementary, a one-room school on 
Greenwood Road. She was hired by the 
Caddo Parish School District to teach 
grades 1-5 for $100 per month. Webb 
closed in 1929 and the students transferred 
to Jewella Elementary. Bryan was a substi- 
tute teacher at four different elementary 
schools - Jewella, Judson, Hillsdale, and 
Sunset Acres - until 1965. 

Bryan's niece, Virginia Metcalf of 
Wisconsin (1953), said she chose to attend 
Northwestern because her aunt spoke so 
highly of the school. Bryan has also main- 
tained contact with Alida Bishop Casey 
(1950), daughter of her best friend and 
classmate, Elmyra Landry. 

Teacher awarded 
foreign study tour 

P. Worth Thompson (1993) was one of 
25 participants, and the first Louisiana par- 
ticipant, selected to participate in the 
Educators to Saudi Arabia Program. 
Thompson was scheduled to travel to Saudi 
Arabia March 28- April 10 on a fully funded 
study tour focusing on education, industry, 
history, culture and global relations. 
Thompson is a social studies teacher at the 
Louisiana State University Laboratory 

To recognize his achievement, NSU 
presented Thompson with the Nth Degree 
during a reception in Baton Rouge in 

The Educators to Saudi Arabia 
Program, sponsored by Aramco Services 
Company and administered by the Institute 
of International Education, is designed to 
cultivate awareness of the Kingdom of 
Saudi Arabia in U. S. schools and communi- 
ties. The in-country study program includes 
visits to schools, significant cultural and his- 
torical sites, and modem industrial facilities 
in the cities of Dhahran, Riyadh and Jeddah. 

Thompson qualified for the program as 

a full-time classroom teacher with a primary 
concentration in social studies and a mini- 
mum of three years full-time teaching expe- 
rience. He has been teaching for 14 years, 
eight of those at the University Laboratory 
School, and is a National Board Certified 
Teacher. Upon review of his application to 
participate, an independent selection com- 
mittee organized by the Institute of 
International Education recommended 
Thompson based the quality and feasibility 
of his follow-up-plan and the degree to 
which his participation will likely impact 
the LSU Laboratory School and Baton 
Rouge community for years to come. 

Give a lasting gift to your graduate 

As spring commence- 
ment approaches, NSU 
alumni and friends begin 
to reflect on the wonderful 
friends, mentors and mem- 
ories they acquired during 
their time at Northwestern. A commemorative brick paver in the 
new Alumni Plaza is the perfect way to commemorate time spent 
at NSU. Please consider the purchase of a brick for yourself, your 
loved one or your graduate. 

Ahimni (^nlutnri'i finrino 9007 / d 

Recipients will be sent a certificate letting the recipient know 
that the brick has been purchased and its location in the Plaza. A 
heartfelt gift of this nature is especially appropriate for a new grad- 
uate. For a donation of $100, a 3-1/2 by 7-1/2 inch brick can be 
purchased with a maximum of three lines of 13 characters, 
including spaces, on each line. 

For more information on purchasing a brick, call (318) 357- 
4243 or send an e-mail to owensd(5) . 

Proceeds from the purchase of bricks and other fixtures in 
the Alumni Plaza go to scholarships for NSU students. 

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©Tamera L. Fontenot was awarded the 2006 Louisiana 
Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence. Fontenot 
graduated from LSU-Alexandria with an associate's degree in 
nursing in 1985 and later received bachelor's and master's 
degrees in nursing from Northwestern State University. 

Fontenot received her certification as a family nurse practi- 
tioner in June 1997, after which she became involved in the state 
nurse practitioner organization, serving as newsletter chair, 
regional representatives, vice president, public policy chair and a 
member of the primary care conference committee. 

Fontenot worked in rural health clinics in Melville and 
Palmetto before working with Dr. Reginald P. Segar in Eunice. 

^OkLisa Blakeway Lohman of Anacoco was named the 
^tt^Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year in 2006. A 
native of Anacoco, Lohman has been teaching there for 20 years. 
She currently teaches honors American history, honors world 
history, American history, civics and free enterprise. 

Lohman earned a bachelor of science and master's degree 
from NSU. 

After being named Anacoco High School Teacher of the 
Year she went on to compete and win at Vernon Parish High 
School Teacher of the Year and Regional Teacher of the Year. 

Lohman was also presented with a Distinguished Educator 
Plaque from Northwestern State University. She earned both her 
bachelor's and masters degrees at NSU. 

O Winnie Dowden Wyatt (1953) has another book, soon to 
be released, entitled "Three Glass Windows," a novel set in 
rural America. Wyatt served as a missionary in Nigeria, West 
Africa, where she worked with children's literature. She has had 
a number of stories and articles and has edited articles published 
by her husband, a dentist, in professional publications. Wyatt's 
adult novel, "The Little Dry," was published last year. The 
Wyatts have a small registered Angus ranch in Glen Rose, Texas. 
They have four sons; two are dentists, one holds a doctorate in 
mathematics and is a professor at Tarleton State University and 
one is a minister. 

O Katie Homayoun will serve as Community Relations 
Manager for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, a minor 
league baseball team in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Katie joined 
the Quakes after completing an internship during the 2006 sea- 
son with the Round Rock Express, the Houston Astros Triple-A 
Pacific Coast League affiliate. Homayoun earned her masters in 
Health and Human Performance from Northwestern and 
received her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University. 

©William "Billy" Calvert was among the 2007 inductees of 
the LHSAA Louisiana High School Coach Association Hall 
of Fame. The 1958 Vidalia and 1962 Northwestern State gradu- 
ate spent eight years as an assistant coach Jena (1962-63), 
Liberty (Miss.) High School (1964-68), Baker High (1968-1970) 
before settling down at Delhi. 

Calvert served as Delhi's head football and track coach from 
1971- 1984. He won .555 percent of his games (81-65) while 

leading Delhi to two district titles, three district runner-up finish- 
es and five playoff appearances during a 13-year span. 

Calvert coached Delhi to its only undefeated season (10-0) 
in 1975. Calvert was twice named district coach of the year in 
football. His track teams won 10 track championships and quali- 
fied competitors to the state track meet every year. 

He was Delhi's principal from 1984-1996. During that time, 
Calvert served on the LHSAA Executive Committee (1994- 
1996), was district chairman, SAC committee chairman (1997- 
2000) and serves on the LHSAA compliance team. 

For 1 5 years he was the running events referee at the state 
track meet. In 1992, he was presented with the LHSAA 
Distinguished Service Award. 

©Brent Probasco, who has a degree in accounting from 
Northwestern, became chief financial officer in July of 
Hartselle Medical Center in Hartselle, Tenn. 

^>. Laura Clark of Leesville was installed as president of the 
^t-' American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Louisiana for 
2006-07. Department of Louisiana has 11,695 members within 
eight districts throughout the state and continues to grow. As part 
of the American Legion family she volunteers and supports pro- 
grams and activities to help veterans and their families. Her 
theme this year is "Reaching for the Stars. Supporting Veterans 
and Veteran families." At NSU, Clark earned a B.A. in 
Elementary Education, a MEd. and a Specialist in Reading with 
certification in Principalship and Supervision. She is presently a 
Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for Vernon Parish 
Schools in Leesville. 

^l<>^Ilda B. Cardozier of Montgomery was among those hon- 
'itt^ored last fall by the College of Education and Human 
Development at Southeastern Louisiana University for her 
extraordinary contribution to education. Cordozier received her 
teaching certificate from Normal in 1935. 

Cordozier was presented with a marble plaque etched with 
her likeness that will remain on display at the SLU Educator's 
Honor Roll at the university's teacher education center. 

A<>^ Carolyn Breedlove (1971) of Natchitoches edited the 
^4»^ November 2006 release by Red River Express Historical 
Publications, "A Glorious Day: The Journal of a Central 
Louisiana Governess, 1853-54." The published version of a 
handwritten manuscript donated to Kent Plantation House in 
Alexandria, the book includes an introduction, numerous foot- 
notes, illustrations and appendices. Breedlove researched refer- 
ences in the original journal in the NSU and Tulane archives, 
genealogical libraries, parish courthouses and through secondary 
sources and personal contacts. 

The Irish governess who kept the journals at Cedar Grove on 
Bayou Robert at Alexandria and at Magnolia Ridge in 
Washington recorded not only encountering numerous families 
still found in Louisiana (including governors, legislators and rail- 
road owners, but daily historical details on topics ranging from 
snow and smokehouses to yellow fever and steamboats. The 

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Alumni Columns Spring 2007 / 7 

Almuni Gatherings 

Graduate Gatherings 

Four friends 
from Northwestern 
have rediscovered 
Natchitoches and 
annually gather for 
shopping and visit- 
ing in the historic 
town. From left are 
Kathryn Pepper 
Childress (1957), 
Connie Kennedy Waters (1956), Virginia Childress Spencer (1957) 
and Genevieve Froust Evans (1957). The four enjoy shopping at 
Kaffie-Frederick, talking and "seeing the town we love," according to 
Virginia. Kathryn is a retired secretary from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court 
of Appeals and lives in Bossier City. Connie is a retired librarian from 
Shreveport and the Caddo Parish School System. Virginia is a former 
teacher, a former Internal Revenue Service Agent and is a retired Cer- 
tified Public Accountant and lives in Fayetteville, Ark. Genevieve is a 
retired teacher who lives in Dry Prong. 

Serenity Point Deer Hunt 

Member of Alpha Phi Alpha celebrated 100 years as a fraternity dur- 
ing NSU's Homecoming last fall. According to Mark Spikes, the 
group tries to meet in Natchitoches every five years. The 2006 gath- 
ering was special because some members had not seen each other 
in as many as 15 years. From left are Terrence Martin, Ronald 
Wilkins, Joe English, Director of Alumni and Developoment Chris 
Maggio, Mark Spikes, Gerald Beasley and Ronald Page. 

NSU nursing graduates from 1965 met in Shreveport 
for a reunion last fall that included a weekend of shopping, dining, 
visiting and sharing fond Northwestern memories. 

Traveling the farthest to attend was Judi Hickman Dean of 
Alaska, who had not seen many of her classmates for 40 years. 
Others attending were Benni Sue Johnson Frambrough of 
Arkansas, Susie Wales Morrow of Texas, Linda Malley Bissell of 
Natchitoches, Janet Malone Gibbons of Virginia, Janet Githens 
Nolan of Shreveport, Phyllis DeRosia Mcintosh of Ruston and Tom- 
mye Jo Ensminger Price of Mississippi. 

Phyllis brought a surprise guest, Ava Nell McWhorter, who was 
the classmates' pharmacology instructor. Not only is "Miss Mc" still 
teaching, she is also the mayor of Dixie Inn. It was a joy to visit with 
a favorite instructor, who fascinated the group with tales of her life 
as a missionary in the Gaza Strip. The classmates also enjoyed a 
slide show of photos taken of the group as students and at reunions 
held during the years. 

In addition to tea room lunches and special dinners, the ladies 
explored the new Boardwalk, where they rode the train and visited 
some of the shops. As they headed home, many were already look- 
ing forward to their next reunion. 

The third annual Serenity Point Deer Hunt hosted by Dan and Lilly 
Chase was another outdoors adventure for participants, from left 
Jeff Martin, Soccer Coach Jimmy Mitchell, Men's Basketball Coach 
Mike McConathy (1983), Dr. Chris Maggio (1985), Firal Ryder 
(1952), Dan Chase (1957) and Gary Potter. 

Alexandria Alumni Gathering 

Brenda Tolar Brown, Brandon Brown and Brent Brown (1989) 
enjoyed a delicious meal at Tunk's Cypress Inn during an Alexan- 
dria Alumni event. 

Joseph Johnson 
(1988) and Shelby 
Graham were 
among the guests at 
the Alexandria 
Alumni Gathering. 

Shreveport/Bossier Counselor's Lunch 

Hosts Mike (1986) and Susanne Knotts visited with JoNell (1962) 
and Mack Knotts (1962,1967) during the Shreveport/Bossier Coun- 
selor's Luncheon at the University Club. 

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State Farm/Bloomington, Illinois, Holiday Gathering 

Aaron Lock and Kelly 
Lock were recipients of 
prizes awarded during 
the Bloomington holiday 
party. In the background 
are Drake Owens, Andy 
Baragona and Michelle 

A holiday party was held for NSU alumni 
employed at the State Farm Insurance 
home office in Bloomington, Ind., and their 
friends and family. Among the guests were 
Kenya Henderson and LaCarlos Williams. 

Baton Rouge Reception 

Ava Solice of Walker High School, left, and 
Emily Moore of LSD Lab School, right, were 
named Baton Rouge area recipients of Ted 
Jones Scholarships. They were honored at 
a recruiting reception in the home of Dan 
(1957) and Lilly Chase and congratulated by 
NSU recruiter Megan Sandlin Bostick 
(2005), center. 

Longview Reception 

Susan and Carroll (1967) Long hosted the 
Longview, Texas recruiting reception. 

Ellen Dutsh (2003), recognized the 2007 Ted 
Jones Scholarship Winner for Longview, 
John Melvin of Henderson, Texas. 

Lake Charles Reception 

Lake Charles area Ted 
Jones Scholarship win- 
ners were, from left, 
Amanda Richard of 
South Beauregard High 
School and Danica Via- 
tor of Suphur High 


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Covington Reception 

New Orleans Reception 

Sarah Ladner of Franklinton High School 
was congratulated by NSU recruiter Megan 
Sandlin Bostick (2005) on being named the 
Ted Jones Scholarship winner for the Cov- 
ington area. 

Dr. Roy (1993) and Kim DiVittorio hosted 
the January recruiting reception in their 
Covington home. 

Ted Jones Scholarship winners from New 
Orleans were recognized during an area 
recruiting event. From left are Rachel 
Fabre of Cabrini High School, NSU 
Recruiter Catherine Caldwell (2005) and 
Ryan Bonnet of Brother Martin High 

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Athletic News 

Spirit of Northwestern 
seeks funding for new 
uniforms, instruments 

The "Best Sounding Band in the Land" 
is planning to l<eep producing the big sound 
Northwestern State fans have come to 
expect while the 300-member Spirit of 
Northwestern Marching Band keeps looking 
its best. 

The band is working to replace and 
standardize some of its instruments which 
in some cases are more than 50 years old. 

"The university has been very support- 
ive of the marching band and has done all it 
can do to make the program one of the best 
around," said Bill Brent, director of bands 
and director of the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr, and 
Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Per- 
forming Arts. "We are hoping alumni and 
friends of the university can help us make 
the band even better." 

Brent said band instruments can be 
expensive. For example, a Sousaphone 
can cost up to $6,000. Last fall, the NSU 
band had 20 Sousaphones, the oldest of 
which was made in 1951. A French horn 
costs up to $2,000 while a bahtone will run 
between $1,500 and $1,800. 

"Over the years, we have bought new 
ones as we can, but we have several that 
need to be replaced," said Brent. 

The Spirit of Northwestern is also look- 
ing to replace its eight year old band uni- 

Band uniforms cost about $350 each. 
Brent said most of the accessories such as 
travel boxes, hats, rain ponchos and travel 
bags are still in good shape and only a few 
need to be replaced. 

"Supporting the band program is 
among the ways someone can invest in 
Northwestern's future," said Brent. "The 
band program attracts good students in all 
academic areas who are involved in cam- 
pus activities and make a difference on 

Brent said the band is about 35 per- 
cent music majors and draws students from 
academic majors across the campus. 
According to Brent, the band attracts quali- 
ty students who are more likely to stay at 
NSU and complete a degree which helps 
the university's efforts to retain and gradu- 
ate students.' 

Band students had an average ACT 
score of better than 22 last year, which is 
above the national average, and an aver- 
age grade point average of 2.91 . 

Chris Roper Memorial marks quarter century 


Organizers of the 25th annual Chris 
Roper Memorial Golf Tournament are 
hoping the year's turnout will be the 
biggest on record. The event supports a 
scholarship that is currently awarded in 
the amount of $ 1 ,500 per semester. 

The tournament and scholarship 
honor Roper, the top golfer on the NSU's 
1981 golf team. Roper was killed in a 
traffic accident over the Christmas holi- 
days in 1982. He was a native of Camden, 
Ark., and was a member of the Trans- 
American All Conference team placing 
ninth in the conference tournament. The 
2006 tournament raised $6,000 as pro- 
ceeds increase every year. The event is 
annually held the last Saturday in April. 

The golf tournament, a four-man 
scramble, will be held at the Robert W. 
Wilson Recreation Complex south of the 
NSU campus on Saturday, April 28. 

Lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m. 
with play beginning at 1 p.m. The entry 
fee is $65, which includes a cart fee and 
lunch. Mulligans will be available for $2 
each and can be purchased in an unlimit- 
ed amount. Prizes will be awarded on a 
designated hole for the longest drive and 
on one par 3 hole for closest to the hole. 
Tee sponsorships are available for $50 
each and will be placed around the course 
on all tees with sponsors named. Prizes 
will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd 
places in the tournament and door prizes 
will be awarded at the end of the day. 

Out of towners will be offered a spe- 
cial rate at the Country Horse Inn and 
Suites (formerly the Comfort Inn) at 1-49 
and Highway 6 by mentioning the tourna- 
ment. Reservations can be made by call- 
ing (318) 352-7500. 

All proceeds from the tournament 
will go to the Chris Roper Scholarship 

"Over the years we have accumulat- 
ed approximately $50,000 for this schol- 
arship and a new recipient is chosen each 
year," said Rick Roper, Chris Roper's 
father. "We are currently giving a $1,500 
per semester to a student in the Health 
and Human Performance program." 

For more information or to enter the 
tournament, call Hall Adams, NSU Rec 
Complex, at (318) 357-3207. 

Get great seats now for May 23-26 SLC Baseball Tourney 

The 2007 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament is back at beautiful 
Brown-Stroud Field on the Northwestern campus May 23-26. Coach Mitch 
Gaspard and what figures to be a talent-laden Demon team are counting on 
the home field advantage to play a big role in their charge to the tournament 
title. The champion gets an automatic invitation to the NCAA Tournament. 

Advance ticket purchases guarantee prime seat locations, including box 
seats, for each tournament game at a significant savings over the per-game 
rate. They also help the NSU Athletic Department recoup the financial guar- 
antee required to host the event. 

ets button on the left side of the main page, or call the NSU athletic ticket 
office at 318-357-4268. 

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Demons start '07 football season with two home 



September 1 

Henderson State 



September 8 

'Central Arkansas 



September 15 





September 22 

Open date 

September 29 

Texas Tech 



October 6 

*Nicholls State 



October 13 

'Southeastern Louisiana 



October 20 

*Sam Houston State 



October 27 

'Texas State (HOMECOMING) 



November 3 

Ole Miss 



November 10 

'McNeese State 



November 17 

'Stephen F. Austin 



'Southland Conference games 

Kickoff times all CST, and are subject to change. 

Dates subject 

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East Meets West 

Alumni offering Boston trip for September football game 

The NSU Alumni Association will sponsor a trip to Boston, Mass., 
for alumni and friends who want to attend the 

Northwestern vs. Northeastern football game 

onSaturday, Sept. 15,2007. 

The group will depart on Wednesday, Sept. 12 and return on Sunday, Sept. 16. 
The cost of the trip is $1 ,060 per person and will include 
roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, game tickets 
and transportation to and from the game. 

Deadline to join the trip is June 1. 
For more information, contact Janay IVIatt at 
(318) 357-4415 or e-mail 

Football season 
ticket renewals 
begin in May 

Northwestern State's 2007 football 
schedule kicks off with two home games 
and includes non-conference visits to 
Texas Tech and Ole Miss. 

The Demons, in their sixth season 
under head coach Scott Stoker, will play 
four non-league games along with seven 
Southland Conference contests. Divi- 
sion II power Henderson State and Bos- 
ton-based Northeastern are the other 
two non-SLC foes along with Texas Tech 
and Ole Miss. 

The season will be the first under 
the new Football Championship Subdivi- 
sion (formerly called Division l-AA) des- 
ignation for programs at NSU's level. 
Home games will have 6 p.m. kickoffs 
except for the traditional 2 o'clock after- 
noon kickoff for homecoming on Oct. 27 
against Texas State. The Demons have 
won more than 70 percent of their home 
games In three decades at Turpin Stadi- 

Season ticket renewals will begin in 
May. New season ticket orders can be 
placed at that time as well by calling 

New Athletic Staff 

Broussard named Development 
Director, Holloway takes over mar- 
keting and promotions 

One of the most accomplished stu- 
dent-athletes ever at Northwestern State, 
two-time football 
All-America center 
William Broussard 
has returned to his 
alma mater as the 
Assistant Athletic 
Director for Develop- 
ment, coordinating 
fundraising activ- 
ities through the 
Northwestern Athletic Association. 

He's one of two fresh faces in the 
external arm of the NSU Athletics 
Department. The new assistant athletic 
director for marketing and promotions is 


Ryan Holloway, who has a combination 
of experience in marketing the athletic 
program at Texas State and corporate 
marketing in the private sector. 

Holloway, a 2002 graduate of Texas 
State with a double major in finance and 
marketing, moved into his post in late 
January. As assistant AD/director of mar- 
keting, promotions and ticket operations, 
he will formulate marketing strategies, 
manage corporate and small business 
relations, oversee promotional activities 
and ticket sales. 

Broussard, a Spring 2000 graduate of 
the Louisiana Scholars' College at 
Northwestern, earned All- America hon- 
ors on the field in 1998 and 1999 and was 
recognized as one of the nation's top 

Broussard, a native of Crowley, is 
married to the former Kendra Peters, a 
Lady Demon volleyball player during the 

couple's days at Northwestern. 

Since October 2005, Holloway has 
been working in the Texas State athletic 
department as a marketing assistant. 
Previously he was a territory sales man- 
ager for a distributor of ExxonMobil 
Lubricants in Seattle and a senior project 
manager for three 
years with Creative 
Management Group 
in Atlanta. 

At Texas State. 
Holloway assisted 
with preseason ticket 
drives, developing 
comprehensive mar- 
keting plans, cultivat- 
ing and maintaining corporate sponsors, 
and was the lia.son working with Texas 
State's student body, including fraterni- 
ties, sororities and campus organizations. 



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Foundation News 

Foundation News 

♦ Pledges from a Natchitoches family 
will fulfill a scholarship opportunity for a 
Northwestern State University music stu- 
dent. The Natchitoches Service League 
Marcia Thomas Pendleton scholarship will 
be awarded annually to an upperclassman 
in the Mrs. H.D. Dear and Alice Estelle 
Dear School of Creative and Performing 
Arts at NSU. 

The Marcia Thomas Pendleton schol- 
arship was originally established through 
the Service League of Natchitoches. 
Recently, the Thomas family pledged 
$1,500 per year to the NSU Foundation for 

The Service League of Natchitoches Mar- 
sha Thomas Pendleton Scholarship to ben- 
efit a music student will be perpetuated 
through support from the Thomas family of 
Natchitoches. From left are Dr. Bill Brent, 
head of NSU's School of Creative and Per- 
forming Art, Service League Past President 
Tish McKnight and Mr. and Mrs. G.F. 
Thomas Jr. 

the next 10 years to award the scholarship 
to a music or music education student with 
a grade point average of 2 .5 or better. The 
family has also agreed to match any contri- 
bution the Service League makes toward 
the scholarship. 

Marcia Thomas Pendleton was a life- 
long resident of Natchitoches and attended 
Northwestern, where she was a member of 
Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and the 
Student Council. She graduated from 
Northwestern in 1973 and LSU Law School 
in 1977. She was a practicing attorney in 
Natchitoches and a member of the Service 
League when she died from breast cancer in 
1981 at age 29, leaving a husband and very 
young daughter. 

Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.F. Thomas 
Jr., are both 1943 graduates of 
Northwestern and have a special interest in 
Northwestern 's School of Creative and 
Performing Arts. 

♦ An incoming freshman majoring in 
mathematics at Northwestern State 
University will benefit from a scholarship 
created by Jackie Adair of Many. The 
Jackie (Jack) Adair Endowed Scholarship 
in Mathematics was created with an initial 

Alliance Compressors presented the third and final installment of a pledge to the North- 
western State University Foundation in January. The donation was the third $10,000 
donation the company made to Northwestern over the last three years, fulfilling a 
$30,000 pledge. From left are NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, John Henderson, 
Alliance supervisor; Dickie Gillott, Alliance team manager; E.J. Billedeaux, Alliance 
Employees Relations manager, and Dr. Chris Maggio, NSU director of Alumni and 

donation from Adair that will be matched 
by ExxonMobil to create a $10,000 
endowed scholarship awarded to a student 
entering the university in Fall 2007. 

The scholarship is open to all current 
high school graduating seniors who plan to 
attend NSU as math majors. Applicants 
must have a 3.0 grade point average to 
apply for the scholarship, which is renew- 
able for four years if the 3.0 GPA criteria is 

Adair graduated from Northwestern 
with a degree in mathematics and is retired 
from a long career at Exxon Mobil. He was 
inspired to create the scholarship after read- 
ing about another NSU alumnus who creat- 
ed a scholarship at NSU through Exxon- 
Mobil's matching program. He hopes the 
recipient will be a highly motivated student. 

In 2004. Adair created an endowed 
professorship in mathematics at NSU in 
honor of his parents, Ted and Aleane Adair. 

♦ A pledge to the Northwestern State 
University Foundation will honor a former 
mathematics professor while benefiting a 

student majoring in mathematics. 

Ellis Coutee and his wife Melva 
Juanita Martinez Coutee of Baton Rouge 
have pledged $25,000 towards an endowed 
scholarship in honor of Dr. William Timon, 
to recognize Dr. Timon as an individual 
who was very influential over their lives 
and careers. 

Timon was a mathematics faculty 
member at NSU from 1954-65. When the 
Coutees previously established the first 
endowed professorship in mathematics, the 
Ellis and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee 
Professorship in Mathematics, Timon was 
quoted as saying "When I came to 
Northwestern, she [Mrs. Coutee] was in her 
first semester. She was a very good student 
who did well. I am grateful that she and 
Ellis have been so successful and have been 
able to make this donation to Northwestern. 
It's great that they chose to use this dona- 
tion in the Department of Mathematics." 

Dr. Timon passed away Feb. 7, 2005. 
His wife, Katherine Timon of Natchitoches, 
said he would be very happy about the 

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extended family of her employers, the Prescotts, owned plantations in Rapides, St. Landry 
and Avoyelles Parishes with family connections extending to the Shadows on the Teche 
in Iberia Parish. 

Breedlove graduated from NSU with a major in French and a minor in English. She 
completed a master's degree, also at NSU, in history with a cultural resource management 
emphasis in 1999. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Mu. 
This spring, both her children are graduating, her with son with a Ph.D. from UCLA and 
her daughter with a B.A. from Boston University. 

Charles E. Castaing of New Iberia, a retired partner in the accounting firm 
Castaing, Hussey and Lohan, LLC, along with the rest of his company, were recog- 
nized in the January 2007 issue of Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine for 60 years of profes- 
sional expertise and tax services for clients in their community. 

Castaing maintains an office at the firm and continues to see clients and offer con- 
sulting services on a part-time basis. Castaing graduated from NSU in 1952 and served 
in the Army in the Field Artillery in Korea. Upon discharge, he joined a New Orleans 
accounting firm in 1957, which merged with Heame & Jacobs in 1964. Heame and 
Jacobs, formed in 1946 in New Orleans, opened its office in New Iberia in 1948. Castaing 
was made a partner in the late 1960s. 

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Clara Yvonne Ewing 
is retired and lives in 


Helen I. Sorrell 
retired from Grant 
Parish Library in 
1995 after 35 years 
of service and is cur- 
rently a librarian at 
the Alexandrian 
Historical & 
Library. She lives in 


Barbara L. Haight is 
a vice-president at 
K&B Special 
Products, Inc. mar- 
ried and lives in 
Alpharetta, Ga, 


Whitworth Shelton is 
a retired teacher, 
married and lives in 
Longview, Texas. 


Madeline Lieber 
Buchanan is retired 
and lives in 
Birmingham, Ala. 


William V. Bozzelle 
is chief accounting 
officer at 
Cableworks, Inc., 
married and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 


Barbara M. Gunn is 
a medical social 
worker at Billings 
Clinic and lives in 
Billings, Mont. 


Thomas Jefferson 
Phillips II is chief 
engineer at L&M 
Botruc, married and 
lives in Many. 


M. Susanne 
Crawford Wastlund 
is an office manager 
at Howell 

Equipment, Inc. and 
lives in Coushatta. 

Carlin Bendo 
Marsee is a teacher 
in the Barrow School 
District and livees in 
Monroe, Ga. 


Debra Kay Borland 
Mack is a remediation 
intervention specialist 
for Stonycreek School 
District, married and 
lives in Somerset. 


Jason Tinsley is the 
head men's basket- 
ball coach at the 
University of North 
Carolina at 
Pembroke, married 
to Dr. Sonia Cox 
Tinsley ('97) and 
lives in Lumberton, 

Alumni Profile 

Brent Baker 

Alumnus Brent A. Baker. ASLA, 
CLARB, lent his professional talents 
to last year's most anticipated project 
on campus - the Alumni Plaza. Baker 
is a senior associate with BWM 
Group, a firm that specializes in plan- 
ning and landscape architecture, in 
Round Rock. Texas. Baker was 
instrumental in the development of 
the Plaza, after he was contacted by 
Dr. Bill Brent, head of the School of 
Creative and Performing Arts. 

A native of Paris, Texas. Baker 
enrolled in Northwestern"s highly 
acclaimed music program with plans 
to become a band director. He earned 
a degree in music at NSU in 1994. 
while holding a student job with the 
NSU grounds crew, an extension of 
his experience running his own land- 
scape maintenance business through- 
out high school. Baker's supervisor 
on the grounds crew noticed he had a 
knack for the work and encouraged 
him to pursue a career in a horticul- 
ture-related field. 

Baker earned a second degree in 
landscape architecture from Texas A 
& M University in 1998. He then 
moved to Austin and has lived in that 
area ever since. He is a registered 
landscape architect in Texas and 
Arkansas and currently heads up the 
commercial and private development 
studio for his firm. Baker has been 
involved on teams for such projects as 
the Austin Bergstrom Airport. Texas 
State History Museum. Lady Bird 
Johnson Wildflower Center Trail 
Restoration. IKEA, and most recently 
served as landscape architect for an 
Extreme Makeover Home Edition 
build in Austin. 

From 2002 - 2005 Baker served a 
three-year term as the President of the 
Texas State Chapter of the American 
Society of Landscape Architects and 
is currently the Vice Chair for the 
Professional Advisor)' Board for the 
TAMU LAUP Program. 

At Northwestern. Baker played 
trumpet in the Spirit of Northwestern 
Marching Band, the wind ensemble, 
the jazz and brass ensembles and was 
involved with the Baptist Student 
Union and Phi Mu Alpha music frater- 

When the Alumni Plaza project 
was under development. Bill Brent 
remembered that Baker was working 
as a landscape architect, contacted 
him and involved him in the planning. 

"It was great to work on a project 
that merged my present talents with 
my past experiences... what a thrill to 
be asked to be involved in a project 
for an area where I spent 75 percent of 
my time in school." 

Baker has fond memories of his 
years in Natchitoches and named Bill 
Brent and a former assistant band 
director Bob Upton as mentors. 

"The music program at 
Northwestern was a big family." he 
said. "I enjoyed going to school in a 
small town, the atmosphere of 
Natchitoches, Cane Ri\er Cream Pie 
from Lasyone's. and most of all the 
Christmas Festival." 

Baker's wife is the former Angela 
Kyle, who attended Northwestern for 
two years and played clarinet in the 
band. The two are high school sweet- 
hearts and today have two children, 
Jonathan and Katelyn. 

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Angie Chance Griffis 
is employed by 
Georgetown ISD as 
a fourth grade lan- 
guage arts and 
social studies 
teacher at Ford 
Elementary. She is 
married and lives in 
Georgetown, Texas. 


Julie Roy Longlois is 
coordinator of the 
Carl Perkins 
Programs at NSU 
and lives in 


Dr. Bryan Randolph 
is a physician at 
Foot Specialist of 
Shreveport, married 
and lives in 


Barbara Morales 
Taylor is an assistant 
nurse manager at 
Meridian Health, 
married and lives in 
Brick, N.J. 


Dr. Sonia Cox 
Tinsley is an assis- 
tant professor and 
coordinator of the 
Health Promotion 
B.S. Degree 
Program at the 
University of North 
Carolina at 
Pembroke. She is 
married to Jason 
Tinsley ('89) and 
lives in Lumberton, 

Alumni Profile 

Matt Thompson 

Matt Thompson has fol- 
lowed a varied and diverse 
career path that actually began 
before his graduation from 
Northwestern in 2000. 
Thompson is the marketing 
manager for the Louisiana 
Boardwalk on the Red River in 
Bossier City, the largest 
lifestyle center for shopping, 
dining and entertainment in 
Louisiana. He is responsible for 
radio and TV buys, promotions 
and coordinating special 
monthly events, such as the 
Boardwalk's Independence 
Bowl pep rally, Mardi Gras 
parade parties and other family- 
oriented activities. 

Before earning his degree 
in broadcast journalism with a 
minor in business marketing, 
Thompson had already acquired 
professional experience by 
completing a hands-on intern- 
ship at the NBC Corporate 
Studios at Rockefeller Center in 
New York, where he worked on 
several NBC television pro- 
grams, including "NBC 
Dateline" and "Saturday Night 
Live." Back in Shreveport fol- 
lowing graduation, Thompson 
hosted a morning radio show, 
"Melinda & Matt in the 
Morning" on Mix 102.9, and 
later became involved with 
casting for MTV programs such 
as "Real World" before joining 
the media staff at First Baptist 
Bossier. After two years. Matt 
took a business opportunity of a 
lifetime as the Marketing 
Manager for the Boardwalk. 

A Bossier City native and 
Airline High School graduate, 
Thompson transferred to 
Northwestern from Louisiana 

State University after his fresh- 
man year of college, attracted 
not only by the high caliber 
broadcast journalism program 
NSU offers, but also by the 
more personal involvement 
between faculty and students at 
a smaller school. 

"At LSU, I was in a class 
with 150-200 people. At NSU, 
it was 30-40 students. I was 
able to go to a professor and 
they would know me by name, 
rather than a number," he said. 

At North westem, Thompson 
was involved with Sigma Nu, 
the journalism department, the 
Business Club, and did some 
work with the Student 
Government Association and 
Student Activities Board. He 
particularly enjoyed political 
science classes with Dr. Alex 
Aichinger. Ten years from now 
Matt sees himself using some 
of the things he learned in 
Aichinger "s class to pursue a 
career in politics. 

Thompson comes from a 
family of Demons. His father, 
brother and step-sister are all 
Northwestern alumni. He is the 
only person within the Demon 
family of graduates to pursue a 
career outside education. He 
made a point to brag on his 
brother, Stewart, a high school 
math teacher at Benton High 
School, who received the honor 
of Regional High School 

Teacher of the Year and had the 
opportunity to compete for 
State High School Teacher of 
the Year. 

Matt's goal for the 
Louisiana Boardwalk is to keep 
it family-friendly and enjoyable 
for all ages who want to shop, 
eat, see a movie or enjoy any of 
the special events. Matt also 
makes it a priority to work 
closely and volunteer with non- 
profit organizations. Matt has 
worked with the St. Jude, 
American Heart Association, 
Louisiana State Police, Big 
Brothers/Big Sisters, Girl 
Scouts/Boy Scouts of America, 
Volunteers of Youth Justice, 
Shreveport/Bossier Community 
Renewal, etc. 

"Families come in droves 
because they feel safe here," he 

Thompson's Christian faith 
is important to him and he 
brings an element of it into his 
work. For instance, in 
December, the Boardwalk 
referred to its holiday focal point 
as a Christmas tree, rather than a 
"holiday tree." Currently, Matt 
is working with First Baptist 
Bossier to put on the 2nd Annual 
Easter Eggstravaganza with 
over 50,000 Easter eggs. 

"My top priorities are faith, 
family and friends, in that order 
— and then work." he said. 

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Eric Dutile is a 
claims representa- 
tive for State Farm 
and a wedding pho- 
tographer. He is 
married to latum 
Lyies Dutile ('99) 
and lives in Pineville. 


Lisa Horst Gros is 
teacher, married and 
lives in Ponchatoula. 


latum LyIes Dutile is 
a manager at the 
Town Talk and 
owner of Prolmage 
Photography. She is 
married to Eric 
Dutile ('97) and lives 
in Pineville. 


Charles Lawrence 
Edwards is 
employed by Bossier 
Parish School Board 
as a teacher, mar- 
ried and lives in 
Bossier City. 

Michelle Walters 
Gauthier is the head 
orchestra director for 
Carrollton Farmers 
Branch ISD and 
lives in Carrollton, 


Francisco Sanchez 
is employed by the 
Department of 
Homeland Security 
as a border patrol 
Agent and lives in 
Willcox, Ariz. 


Lindsey Atwell 
Prince is a develop- 

ment assistant at 
Louisiana Tech 
University and lives 
in Winnfield. 

Chante Bellard is an 
account executive at 
The Katy Times and 
lives in Katy, Texas. 

Selena Elizabeth 
Simpson is a tech- 
nology applications 
teacher for the Dal- 
las Independent 
School District and 
lives in Duncanville, 


Connie Reeves 
Hebert is a first 
grade teacher at St. 
Peter Chanel 
Elementary School, 
married to KJ Hebert 
('01) and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 

Courtney Lynn Hilton 
is an accountant for 
the Leesville 
Housing Authority 
and lives in 


Beau Anthony 
Guidroz is earning 
his doctorate at 
Physical Therapy 
School. He is mar- 
ried to Kelly R. 
Guidroz ('05) and 
lives in Memphis, 

Steven Gentry is a 
weather forecaster 
for the United States 
Air Force and is sta- 
tioned at Scott AFB 
in III. 

Breithaupt is an 
entertainment tech- 
nician at Walt Disney 
World and lives in 
Kissimmee, Fla. 


Raquel Hill is direc- 
tor of integrated 
marketing and public 
relations at Clear 
Channel Radio 
Shreveport and lives 
in Bossier City. 

Grant Woodson is a 
band director for 
Mexia Independent 
School District and 
lives in Waco, Texas. 



'25 Marie Toups, 

Lockport, January 20, 2007 

'29 Helen Elizabeth Turnley Thompson, 
December 21, 2006 

'35 Willie Parrish Barr, 

Winnlleld, October 9, 2006 

'39 Watkins S. Peyton, Sr, 

Nederland,Texas, October 21, 2006 

'43 Terry Stroud, 

Natchitoches, November 6, 2006 

"47 Charles A. Ross, 

Beaumont, Texas, July 31 , 2006 

'52 Beth Mchuffy Johnson, 

Harrisonburg, January 29, 2006 

'56 Helen Jackson, 

Winnfield, February 2, 2007 

'57 Irene Frances Cheatwood Ferguson, 
May 11, 2006 

'57 Johnny C. Stuchlik, 

Nederland, Texas, June 16, 2006 

75 Lynn E. Lenard, 

Denton, Texas, August 31, 2006 

'58 Nancy Huff Whittington, 

Jackson, Miss., June 10, 2006 

Myron Carl Russell, 

Bossier City, December 10, 2006 

'59 Alva R. Lary, 

Montgomery, January 23, 2007 

Donald Raymond Purser, 

Winnfield, January 4, 2007 

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Almuni News 

Looking bacK 

During the 1980s, a group of students who shared 
a common bond — the love of water rushing beneath 
their feet, the feel of the gleaming sun on their backs 
and the excitement that came with adventure - formed 
the NSU Ski Team. The team enjoyed competition, 
skillful exhibition and friendship. 

These students saw action in different meets in 
many different cities. In these meets, they met new 
faces that also shared their love of skiing. They had the 
opportunity to show-off their best skills in hopes of 
winning a trophy or simply enjoying the fun. In every 
sense of the word, this group of young students created 
many waves of their own. 

Guess Who? 

The Purple Jackets were founded in 1927 by President V.L. Roy and is tlie 
oldest honor club on campus. Adorned in purple and white, colors depict- 
ing loyalty, the Purple Jackets serve as the university's official hostesses. 
The yourig women selected for Purple Jackets have demonstrated good 
scholarship, good character and an interest in service. Can you name the 
Purple Jacket officers from 1956-57? The first 10 readers to contact the 
Alumni Affairs office at (318) 357-4415 will win a prize. 

Congratulations to the following 

individuals who correctly identified the 
1970 twirling line. They were Charlotte 
Gunter, Starr Autry, Gayle Moody, Vicki 
Chandler, head twirler Linda Williams, 
Kathy Lee, Joan Sullivan, Sandra 
Goudeau and Charlotte Sullivan. 

Mrs. Lynette Tanner- 1971 
Frog more, LA 

Al (1971) & Jo Ann (1970) Dombrowski 
Bonita Springs, FL 

Susan Bamhill Howard— 1 972 
Shreveport, LA 

Georgie Robertson— 1 97 1 
Round Rock, TX 

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updates are vital to making the system work. The information from this form is also used for entries in the "Class 
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Former Demon basketball players were treated to lunch and recognized during a Feb. 3 game. Players from the past attending the 
annual reunion were, from row from left, George Davis, Ken Shaw, Charles Thomas, Sammy Booras, Michael Edwards, Alan Hardin, 
Reginald Grace and James Hardin. On the second row are Edgar Gaddis, Waple Lilley, Jerry Byrd, Johnny Martin, Randy Veuleman, 
Don Ashworth and Odis Faust. On the third row are Bernard Wagner, Robert Dorcheus, Jim Willis, William Haile, Richard Pullig, Elvin 
McCann, Dan Poole, John McConathy and James McConathy. On the back row are Lovick Johnson, Jimmy Leach, Jim Adkins, Jimmy 
Stewart, Bob Pender, Mickey Crnkovic, David Clark and Ernest Reliford. 

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